The North Texas Community Foundation launched WORTH: The Next Generation of Philanthropists in October 2015 for the purpose of engaging up and coming leaders in community philanthropy. Through an experiential and educational series, WORTH members have the opportunity to learn about nonprofits and community needs in Tarrant County and think strategically about what effective, sustainable philanthropy will look like for future generations.

For more information about becoming a member of WORTH or if you are a nonprofit and would like to partner with WORTH to host an event for the 2016-17 grant cycle, please contact Jessica Siegel at jsiegel@northtexascf.org or at 817.877.0702.

Special Grant Announcement for 2016-17 Members

WORTH: The Next Generation of Philanthropists, granted $23,000 to Literacy United at last night’s WORTHcelebrating members-only event at a private residence.

The grant award will fund Literacy United’s Reading Panthers summer reading intervention program for struggling readers attending the Panther Boys and Girls Club. The project will launch in June of 2017 and will serve approximately 50 children ages five to eight who are 100 percent economically disadvantaged. Certified reading specialists will work with children in small groups from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday for ten weeks.

WORTH members chose education and literacy as their focus area for the 2016-17 year and held a grant deliberation meeting in late January where members discussed 13 requests for funds from local nonprofits. Ultimately, Literacy United was the nonprofit selected to receive funding. To review the WORTH Catalog with the list of proposals, click here.

Funding assets were made possible through dollar for dollar matching funds from four private investors; Higginbotham Community Fund, Hodges Fund, Huckabee Community Excellence Fund and Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation; Stephen Gilchrist of SouthWest Ford-Nissan-VW-Buick-GMC and the ToolBox Grants Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation.

2016-17 WORTH Event Calendar

2016-17 Steering Committee

Reggie Ballard
Adelaide & Dana Church
Grant Coates
Sean Evans
Kristie & Brian Gibson
Pamela & Stephen Gilchrist
Ann & Simon Lopez
Rachel & Greg Saltsman
Clint Sanders
Jessica Siegel
Melissa & Drew Winborn

How does the WORTH Grant Cycle work?

2015-16 WORTH Grant Cycle

Members join WORTH by making a $250 annual contribution to the WORTH Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation, which will provide for future community needs young professionals find valuable decades from now.  In return for the members’ donations to the Endowment Fund, private investors have provided matching funds, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 per year for members to grant at their discretion.

In the 2015-16 grant cycle, WORTH began its giving legacy by partnering with Streams & Valleys, an organization that has impacted and improved Fort Worth’s Trinity River for more than 50 years.

Next, the Fort Worth Zoo and Mrs. Ramona Bass helped members envision their legacy, find their philanthropic passion and assess where and how resources should be allocated for the greatest impact.

Collaboratively, WORTH members voted to support a nonprofit working to treat and prevent child abuse more effectively and participated in a grant deliberation meeting to review seven grant proposals.

WORTH members granted $25,000 for the 2015-16 grant cycle.  Assets include $17,500 from private investors matching WORTH memberships and $7,500 from the Wikierak Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation.

CASA of Tarrant County received $15,000 for the purchase of web-based tablets and software to help staff and volunteers serve children in foster care more effectively.

First3Years received $10,000 for a pilot program to address the needs of maltreated infants and toddlers through support of a co-parenting alliance between birth and foster families.

Members celebrated the grants made to CASA of Tarrant County and First3Years at a private home in the Omni Residences overlooking downtown Fort Worth in February 2016.

The educational series of the 2015-16 grant cycle concluded at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) on April 7th.

WORTH members gathered to discuss what it takes to create and sustain effective philanthropy within a community. They explored the parallel between sustainable philanthropy and BRIT’s mission to be ‘rooted in sustainability’, while also learning about the importance of follow-up to assess progress and evaluate grant success of their funded projects.

Many thanks to last year’s nonprofit partners.

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